Deadly fires in Montreal area claim three lives over the weekend

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Two separate fires over the weekend in the greater Montreal area have claimed the lives of three elderly people.

Early Saturday morning, firefighters were called to a home on Place Henri-Dunant in Joliette. They found a man and a woman, both in their 60s, trapped inside by the flames.

The couple was rushed to hospital but police later said they had died.

A fire that broke out Sunday morning on Ranger treet in the Montreal borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville also proved fatal.

Firefighters found the body of an elderly woman inside the apartment where they believe the fire started. She was declared dead a short time after being taken to hospital.

In both cases, the cause of the fire is unknown.